The 16th-century Spanish drama re-enacts the shepherds’ search for the newborn Christ child. Along the way, the shepherds experience temptation, human weaknesses and problems with the weather. In the end, they encounter the holy family and rejoice.

Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church used a sequence of plays called autos sacramentales (acts of faith) to illustrate lessons of faith. During these times, few people could read, so church officials relied on oral tradition (including Los Pastores) to spread their messages.

The play’s cast of more than 20 members has included participants of all ages — ranging from one month old (when a baby serves as the Christ child) to more than 80 years old.